We'll Continue To Prioritize Development of Education Sector
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said his administration will continue to prioritise the development of the education sector in the state through an increased budget.
The governor spoke at the opening ceremony of a two-day 2022 Lagos State Education Summit with the theme ‘ Creating a Sustainable Fit-for-Purpose Education Model.
He said the EKOEXCEL Initiative was one of the major success stories of his administration in the education sector.
“Education is not just a pillar in one of our THEMES agenda, it’s one of the dividends of democracy and one of the cardinal objectives of our administration. We see it as one of the tools that can end poverty in our system.
We are not paying lip service to education, we are taking it seriously. Education has continued to receive an increased budget in our administration. I am happy this Summit will be a platform where we can digest what we are presently doing”
– Babajide Sanwo-Olu – Executive Governor Of Lagos State
Solutions To Learning Poverty
2019 Nobel Prize-winning economist, Professor Michael Kremer’s ground-breaking study announcing learning gains among the largest ever measured in international education. The impact of the methodology, underpinning EKOEXCEL, is among the greatest of any rigorously studied intervention in emerging markets.
President Buhari Assures World Leaders of Digital Learning Transformation for Pupils at UNGA 77
At the three-day Transforming Education Summit organised on the sidelines of the 77th UNGA, President Buhari said that his government would reach all learners wherever they are with quality, inclusive learning and skills development opportunities.
At the Thematic Session Four tagged ‘Digital Transformation of Education’, he admitted that the COVID-19 pandemic catalysed the adoption of digital learning options across Nigeria and that going forward, his administration would further promote this with the National Digital Learning Policy as a guide.
The President’s speech was encouraging for concerned education stakeholders as studies have highlighted the importance and benefits of digital learning; hence President Buhari’s declaration at UNGA 77 merely trumpets what the concerned stakeholders had yearning for.
His pledge to implement digital learning served as an appraisal for Governor Sanwo-Olu who has since implemented digital learning Lagos with the introduction of EKOEXCEL in 2019.
The initiative was most helpful in Lagos State during the COVID-19 era, helping prepare pupils in terminal classes for their final examination while keeping others fresh. Commendably, the impacts have been felt among pupils and teachers, with empirical studies affirming the gains. Some EKOEXCEL teachers, including Fausat Adegeye, have also taken to social media to assist their pupils.